2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Education

The Influence of Ethnicity, School Performance and Salary in the Initial Employment Interest of Prospective Teachers
Paya M. Rhodes♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

This study examines the interaction of ethnicity, school performance and salary on teachers’ job choices. The participants in this study are prospective teachers from a predominantly white university in the Midwest. This research is important due to the lack of research on what factors are important to teachers when considering a job and how those factors change over time. I hypothesize that prospective teachers will indicate salary is not as important as the other factors. In addition, I hypothesize that participants will prefer to choose a job at a school where the students are predominantly White rather than a school where the students are predominantly black. I also hypothesize that participants will prefer to work at a school where the students’ performance is high as opposed to where the students’ performance is low. Overall, I predict that ethnicity will dictate choosing a job more than other factors for prospective teachers.

Keywords: education, teacher, black , ethnicity, job, employment, school, interest

Topic(s):Education

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 14-2
Location: OP 2113
Time: 10:00

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